Questions tagged [closed-questions]

Questions which have been closed for any of the usual reasons.

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Does the word "best" automatically make a question "Opinion based"?

I recently posted a question, and it was closed as "opinion based", presumably (and from a comment here) because of the word "best" in the title. I don't quite see where the ...
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Why was my question closed as a duplicate?

Why was my question Installing python: who is deadsnakes and why should I trust them? closed as a duplicate of Are PPAs safe to add to my system and what are some "red flags" to watch out ...
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I am not able to ask questions on Ask Ubuntu

I am a new ask ubuntu user and recently I just asked only 1 question on it about my computer being stuck. I was flagged for duplicate / off-topic questions. My question was deleted. It was actually on ...
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Inconsistent date in close description

I am talking about this question: Software Updater is saying "You stopped the check for updates". What should I do? The question was asked 11 months ago and the question was closed 12 ...
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Why was this question marked off-topic?

Just wanted to ask why this was marked off-topic? How do I learn to program or code so that I can contribute to the community? I agree that it may depend on how you read the question, but I read it as ...
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installing software leads to "unmet dependencies" so question is closed...why?

I'd like some elaboration as to why this question on unmet dependencies was closed. It's not an obscure package, although it's also not in the default repos. Broadly, just asking how to install, and, ...
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Should questions seeking workarounds for bugs be allowed?

I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10 and had my alt + tab break. Fortunately, I found a question on Ask Ubuntu that had the solution. However, since this question was closed, the solution was posted ...
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Are duplicate questions hidden now?

It seems to me that questions closed as duplicate are hidden now. They are visible only to the post author and users with the close/reopen votes privilege. That means that these questions will not be ...
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Are closed questions answerable?

I stumbled in the review queue over this question and answer The question is being closed, because it is a question for mac OS. If I understood this text Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not ...
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Why was my question put on-hold by me?

My question was put on-hold recently with a banner: put on hold as off-topic by R S, Melebius, Pilot6, user68186, vidarlo - 9 mins ago But R S is me and I don't remember I did that to myself.
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Spam edit in already closed question

One of my answers got upvoted today on a question that has been closed as duplicate long ago, and after re-visiting it I've noticed the question body was edited to contain spammy text. I've already ...
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Migration Rejected

This question was moved from main to meta (rightfully) but it was closed here as unclear, causing all commenting to be prohibited and it to become a rejected migration. I understand why this would ...
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PROPOSAL: Checklist for addressing questions mentioning non-Ubuntu distributions

For those not aware of the context: One side of the community is pro editing out mentions of other OS where question asks about non-specific to OS things, such as scripting; another side, is pro-...
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Should questions closed here and then posted in another SE site be flagged for deletion?

For example, Errors where encountered while processing and mint is weird - Linux mint [on hold] has been put on hold as off-topic. The poster then posted here. Should such questions be flagged for ...
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Should I edit closed questions?

I have recently seen this question, where I see a spelling error in the title. I wanted to edit that, but I see that question was closed already. I am a bit confused to edit that title. Because ...
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Memory leak (Very relevant to 18.04/GNOME 2.6+) Question put on hold for being opinion based, but it is not

I recently had this question that I asked put on hold. Memory leak on 18.04-- Is it even worth upgrading? (do you have memory leak issues?) Now, this is not an opinion-based question. Some computers ...
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It asks something different, and it needs a different answer, so can we reopen it?

Edit: question reopened. Thanks :) Can you have too much swap? is closed as a duplicate of I have 16GB RAM. Do I need 32GB swap? But the first question is asking what problems might arise from ...
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Are questions about problems later revealed to be common hardware issues "too localized"?

Sometimes a user posts a question that they think has to do with Ubuntu, but it turns out to be a hardware problem. (And not one that can be worked around or troubleshooted by Ubuntu. There are, of ...
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About "not constructive" questions

What are some “must have” Ubuntu programs? As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but ...
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Closed questions which may be considered for reopening after the release of Artful

I was keeping a list of questions which got closed as off-topic as they were about 17.10 for past few weeks. Now as 17.10 is released, I think at least some of the questions have the potential to be ...
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Needlessly closed a question?

This question was closed as off topic. LightDM login screen configuration Now LightDM is used with ubuntu and Ubuntu Mate. The DM, greeter, and setting package are available in ubuntu. The OP ...
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Question marked as duplicate - what to do?

Recently one of my questions have been marked as a duplicate: What is the difference between /etc/profile and .bashrc I believe this question has been mistakenly marked as a duplicate because the ...
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How do I migrate my question? [duplicate]

For this question: JDBC Connection Pool details on Glassfish, can I just copy/past elsewhere, or should I flag and ask for it to be migrated? What's the procedure? To get a little bit meta about ...
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When do we say a problem can't be reproduced?

Today I saw a question, noticed it was a problem that I and other people have been having in Ubuntu for years, and wrote an answer. I also checked on my machine that the answer was correct. I would ...
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How is this question off-topic?

I posted a question about the crouton tool for creating an ubuntu environment in chrome os, but it was put on hold as off-topic. The question is this: I attempted several times to use the crouton ...
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Should a question be reopened if another close reason now suits it better?

I just came across this question in the reopen view queue and I'm not sure what to do. The new edit means that the current close reason doesn't really completely suit it any more, a better one would ...
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How is my question "primarily opinion-based"?

I asked a question about the future stability of packages in the Proprietary GPU Drivers PPA. I wasn't particularly hopeful of receiving answers, but when my question was put on hold as "primarily ...
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Should a question be closed as duplicate of another when it is asking for the same goal but via a different route?

I recently closed a question as a duplicate of another, however I am starting to think that I may have made a mistake here along with the other close voters... So just to make it easier, let's refer ...
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Warn in case of new questions with tags of outdated Ubuntu versions

I have asked this question yesterday, which was for Ubuntu 10.04. I wasn't aware that it is not allowed to ask questions for outdated Ubuntu versions. As you can see, I have tagged the question as 10....
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We should be able to vote to change the close reason

I have seen many times when a question for instance is closed as off-topic, though in fact it should be closed as unclear, and is not off-topic though some may think so, but the change reason stays ...
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Should one close questions as duplicates of closed questions?

I have seen many questions in the past which are off-topic, and the community recognizes them as such, and it closes them as duplicates of the question when it was first asked and closed as off-topic. ...
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Should one make a question on-topic by editing it and generalizing it?

I recently came across this question in the Reopen votes review queue, and it was edited and generalized by another user: But as ElementaryOS is not Ubuntu should this really be reopened now that it ...
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Please avoid lengthening existing duplicate chains

A recent example: https://askubuntu.com/questions/433029/finding-my-ip-without-using-google is tagged as a duplicate of Command to know my external IP address? which is itself a duplicate of How can ...
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What do you mean by "The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed?"

I was asking following question on Ask Ubuntu: Best possible VLC settings to play 1080p mkv and mp4 formats? But the same time I was getting notification that: "The question you're asking ...
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Socratic badge amount gone down unfairly with off-topic I cast on my own post

I feel that something rather unfair has just happened, so I would like to complain about it, my next gold badge that I will get is the Socratic, and just a few minutes ago it said: Now however it has ...
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Question marked as already solved incorrectly

Is it possible migrate existing programs installed in windows? This question is "how to migrate already installed (under Windows) applications to Wine". And the question linked as already answered is ...
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Should closed/locked questions with no answers be hidden?

Alot of times I'll see questions, often linked to by other duplicate questions (that are usually not actually duplicates, but that's a different issue) that are closed or locked after being marked as ...
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off-topic question was first search result

I was searching for a Python question on Google ("python create file") and the first search result was this Ask Ubuntu question, which is closed as off-topic. The second result, from StackOverflow, ...
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Should voting to close a correctly closed question for the right reason really be considered failure?

I encountered this review audit. To test me, the review item told me the question had received close votes as primarily opinion-based. This was obviously wrong, which I recognized quickly, but I saw a ...
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Why are we marking these UEFI questions as duplicates of the wrong question?

I see many, many questions written by users having trouble installing Ubuntu in a dual-boot configuration on their UEFI-enabled PC, that are being marked as duplicates of Installing Ubuntu Alongside a ...
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Intermittent bug post closed for wrong reason

This question was closed as not reproducible, but actually confirms this bug perfectly. Should it be re-opened and closed for the right reason (as a bug)?
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From when it is possible to answer to a closed question?

As far as I know if a question will be closed and in the same time someone write an answer, then a message will appear to that person telling him that he can't answer anymore and everything what he ...
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Why is a question about accessing a SMB share from Nautilus assessed as OT?

I am talking about https://askubuntu.com/questions/453158/samba-share-opens-in-gedit-rather-than-nautilus-ubuntu-14-04 which was closed as OT ("not about Ubuntu") because the OP hadn't made it ...
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How to request to remove "marked as duplicate" and to reopen?

My question is marked as duplicate a month ago. I have edited and improved question and flagged today to reopen but It isn't reopened. Thus, Is there any chances of reopening? or I should post new ...
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Closed, Duplicate or On-Hold questions are tagged with much ease on Askubuntu.com!

Since most Linux distros, including Ubuntu and all its derivatives are considered to be open-source software platforms for anyone who's interested, I find it an abusive and counterproductive practice ...
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Some closed questions should not be downvoted, just closed. Thoughts?

There are some questions that are not deserving a downvote considering the circumstances, such as when the OP is obviously not accustomed to using the the site and thinks that it is pretty much a ...
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Close votes remaining?

when voting to close I saw this: What is the purpose of limiting close votes? Is this how many I have for ever or do they refresh every 24 hours?
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What can we do about high traffic duplicates?

Upgrade Ubuntu 10.04 to 11.04 is a duplicate question, merged with the more general How to Upgrade from a very old release to the latest. The problem? How to Upgrade has about nine thousand views. ...
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Shouldn't this question about working around Ethernet problems be reopened?

The question we are talking about: How to get around NVM Checksum error (PXE-E05) to make the ethernet work? I had cast the first vote for closure on this question on 31st March as it was unclear ...
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Why have questions related to Ubuntu 13.04 been put on hold? [duplicate]

Moderators closed my question by substantiating that 13.04 exceeded LTS. As much as I know this site has nothing to do with official Ubuntu, how come moderators here mention about exceeding LTS time. ...